Known for its favourable odds, Single Deck blackjack is slowly becoming a rarity, as most developers are usually releasing multi deck blackjack variants. RTG's Single Deck comes with the standardised rules and payout table as well as with all the strategic advantages that a one-deck card game can bring.
The game is played with a single-hand and has only one available betting area. Both the dealer and the player are dealt with two cards each – the player can then opt for one of the following options: Hit, Stand, Double and Split. Doubling your bet is available after any two cards (some blackjack variants limit the option) and Splitting is restricted to two hands.
Separating Aces will limit the Hit option to only one extra card per hand, which is a standard rule in blackjack. Insurance option appears on the screen if the upcard is an Ace and the dealer has to hit on soft 17. Speeding things up and making the sail smoother is the Rebet button that repeats your previous stake arrangement, submitting the same bet amount. If you decide to change the stake, just click on the main betting area and start over.
RTG Single Deck Blackjack pays 1:1 for a regular winning hand, 2:1 if the player wins the insurance bet and 3:2 for a blackjack win. The minimum bet is slightly on the higher side - $25, while the maximum bet is capped at $300, which is lower than in most online blackjack games. Return to Player percentage is close to other RTG blackjack editions: 99.52%.
Blackjack is not a game of chance, and memorising a few basic rules is highly recommendable before going in the real money mode. The good news is that the basic strategy is far from complicated and can be easily mastered. With one deck variants and the soft 17 rule, the player should hit on 4 to 7 totals if the upcard is an ace or 2-10 value card. Players should always stand on hard 17 and higher totals, but hit if they have 12-14 against the dealer's Ace, 7, 8, 9 and 10. Some pairs such as Aces, eights and nines should be split, however, a pair of 2s, 3s and 4s should be hit if the upcard is an Ace, 8, 9 or 10.
Designed with simplicity in mind, RTG's Single Deck Blackjack is a great way to revisit your favourite game and go back to basics with this single hand, clean cut blackjack version. An added value is a particularly clear table layout, providing all the necessary information without crowding the view.